Golf: Laurel's Long goes extra hole to win 2A boys regional title

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Laurel senior Evan Long was the No. 7 qualifier from the WPIAL tournament to advance to the PIAA 2A Western Regional this past Monday at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course.

If there was anything lacking in his game at the District championship, he regained it Monday as he finished in a tie for top honors with Quaker Valley senior Chris Tanabe. Each shot 1-over-par rounds of 73, and their finishes forced a playoff.

Long defeated Tanabe on the first hole, and both have qualified for the PIAA 2A championship next week at York's Heritage Hills Resort. The two-day event begins Monday and winds up the following day.

Three other West-area golfers have qualified for the PIAA 2A championship. They are McGuffey senior Colin Chapman, WPIAL champion Skyler Fox of Riverside and McGuffey's Hunter Donahue.


Golf: Three West girls qualify for PIAA 2A final

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Central Valley's girls golf team has played very well in recent years. Two members of their team -- Alex Bozich and Kiaria Porter along with South Side Beaver's Sophie Lyons -- will compete in the two-day, 36-hole PIAA 2A Girls Individual Championship that begins Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Bozich, who placed fourth at the WPIAL 2A Girls Individual Final earlier this month, placed third at this past Monday's PIAA Western Regional at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course with a 7-over-par round of 79. Porter, a sophomore who won the WPIAL championship, finished in a fifth-place tie with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic freshman Madie Smithco. Each shot 12-over-par rounds of 84.

Lyons, a senior, was one of the final qualifiers for the PIAA final. She finished in a 10th-place tie with Central Cambria senior Lauren Stevens. Each shot rounds of 91 to earn their trips to York.


Football: Aliquippa rallies to top Central Valley

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Drew Karpen covered Friday's game between Central Valley and Aliquippa.

"The top four teams in Class 3A are in the Beaver Valley Conference, but there is only room for three to make the playoffs. Aliquippa made sure Friday night it was not the one left out.

The No. 4 Quips (7-2, 4-1) went on the road to rally past No. 3 Central Valley, 22-14.

After falling behind early in the second quarter, the Quips scored 22 unanswered points and held the Warriors scoreless in the second half.

"This is a big game for us," Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac said. "This puts us in a great position. It puts us in position as one of the few Class 3A teams to make the playoffs."


Football: Montour topples Blackhawk

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With its back against the wall and the playoffs in sight, Montour turned into MonTour de Force to pull away from Blackhawk and earn a 38-14 victory to keep the Spartans' playoff hopes alive for another week.

After trading touchdowns in the first quarter, Montour outscored the Cougars, 31-7, the rest of the way in the Class 4A matchup of Northwest Nine Conference foes.

Brayden Jones was the catalyst for the Spartans (4-4, 4-3), who racked up a season-high in points.

The junior running back carried just six times, but he picked up 104 yards and ripped off touchdown runs of 6, 37 and 43 yards.


Girls Tennis: Beaver, Montour doubles teams ready for WPIAL tournament

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Beaver already put one player in the PIAA 2A individual finals when Anne Taylor defeated teammate Moriah Bridges in the singles consolation match.

Now it's time for No. 3 singles player and the No. 1 doubles players, Sydni Lewis and Devyn Campbell, to make their mark.

Campbell, who was the team's No. 3 singles player last year, teamed with Bridges to finish third and make it to the state playoffs last year. But Bridges opted out of the section doubles tournament, which put Lewis and Campbell together.

So far, it's been working out just fine.